Jun 212013

Just for Tamar, a young lady with unusual taste in Amichai poems.

Yehuda Amiḥai (1924 – 2000)
A Dog After Love

After you left me
I let a tracking dog smell
my chest and my stomach. He’ll fill his nostrils
and go out to find you.

I hope he’ll find and rip into
the testes of your lover and tear off his penis1
or at the very least
bring me a stocking of yours between his teeth.

יהודה עמיחי
כלב אחרי האהבה

אַחֲרֵי שֶׁעָזַבְתְּ אוֹתִי
נָתַתִּי לְכֶלֶב גִּשׁוּשׁ לְהָרִיחַ
בְּחָזִי וּבְבִטְנִי. יְמַלֵּא נְחִירָיו
וְיֵצֵא לִמְצֹא אוֹתָךְ.

אֲנִי מְקַוֶּה שֶׁיִמְצָא וְיִקְרַע
אֶת אֶשְׁכֵי מְאַהֲבֵךְ וְיִכְרֹת שָׁפְכָתוּ
אוֹ לְכָל הַפָּחוֹת
יָבִיא לִי גֶּרֶב שֶׁלָּךְ בֵּין שִׁנָּיו.


Aḥaréi she-ʕazávt ‘otí
Natáti le-khélev gishúsh leharíaḥ
Be-ḥazí u-ve-vitní. Yemaléi neḥiráv
ve-yeitzéi limtzó ‘otákh.

‘Aní mekavéh she-yimtzá ve-yikráʕ
‘et ‘eskhéi me’ahavéikh ve-yikhrót shofkható
‘O le-khól ha-paḥót
Yaví li gérev shelákh bein shináv.

  1. Deuteronomy 23:1. Someone whose testicles are damaged or has his penis cut off (Amichai uses the Biblical language here) is ineligible to enter the congregation of Israel.

  One Response to “Yehuda Amiḥai, “Kelev Aḥarei ha-Ahavah””

  1. uh whoa talk about hell of wicked.

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